Should We Protect Our Privacy? Essay

1729 WordsApr 30, 20167 Pages
As a nation, have had numerous first-hand experiences with terrorism and violence. The experience and pain we were put through as a nation, people do not consider being subjected to government surveillance. Our security from future terrorist attacks is vital, then again not as vital as our privacy. People shouldn’t be so quick to sacrifice their privacy rights, in order to allow the government to monitor national security. Giving the government the power of invading our privacy, creates an effortless way for them to violate their power and strip citizens of their constitutional rights. People will argue that the price one has to pay for safety, is giving up their rights to privacy. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” (Independence Hall Association). In other words, those willing to give up their privacy for security, deserve neither. We the people, those who assemble this nation, and surely should not allow the government to invade our privacy or void our 4th amendment right. To further validate my point, George Orwell wrote a book called 1984, which presents the reader with the concept of “Big Brother”. In the book, Big Brother is introduced as a symbol of what government surveillance is like. Orwell, expressed his views on privacy by creating the concept of Big Brother which takes government surveillance to another level; in a negative sense. The citizens
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